Main Street Kent and the Kent Chamber of Commerce does a great job bringing students downtown with their annual festivals and events — and it typically starts by welcoming the new students to Kent at the start of the fall semester with the the Discover Downtown Event.
This year was no exception with some 2,000 students lined up at the booths discovering the best that downtown Kent has to offer.
This September 8th, downtown Kent is getting a little help from their friends on the Kent State University Sustainability Committee that have scheduled a new event — “Let’s Take A Ride/Walk” — on Thursday, September 8th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
The volunteers with the Sustainability Committee from Kent State have partnered with multiple organizations and businesses including Main Street Kent, M.O.M.S., TransPORTAGE, OneKent, Dr. GreenBee and Kent Stage to create this new event in support of a couple of great causes — community connectivity and local business.
The members of the Sustainability Committee are inviting students, faculty and staff with foot or pedal power to walk or ride with them from campus down to the Kent Stage for a free lunch sponsored by M.O.M.S., where they will learn more about recent downtown developments, and hear a special presentation titled “A Day in the Life of a Green College Student” from Dr. GreenBee.
Kent State is also making additional FlashFleet bikes available that day at the Student Center (for free) for any student, staff or faculty member that doesn’t have their own trusty steed. FlashFeet is Kent State’s bike share program that was started last year as a way to get more folks on 2 wheels rather than the four wheel kind that clog streets and emit less friendly fumes.
Given the success of Flashfeet in its inaugural year, they are starting to talk about opportunities to expand to possible locations even off campus, like perhaps downtown Kent, at some point in the future.
If you don’t want to share a bike, you can always BYOB — that would be…Bring Your Own Bike.